Member since: Fall 2013
When my niece was born, I went back to Venezuela, where I was born and studied Computer Science, to meet her. One day, I noticed that my niece was pale, right before going to the doctor for a checkup. She was unresponsive to touch, and her limbs were limp. I told my sister to hurry up, without worrying her since she had to drive, and I needed her to be calm. I triggered my niece’s breathing reflexes just like I learned at SCVMC, and she started breathing. I kept doing this until we arrived at the doctor’s office. She almost died, and ultimately recovered. I realized then that medicine is my career choice, since it has the perfect combination of analytical thinking and compassion. SCOPE is an opportunity to learn from doctors, and to acquire skills that I may someday use in the same setting. With my interpreting skills, I hope to help the Hispanic community by bridging language and cultural barriers, so that doctors can make better decisions about their care.